Posted March 16, 2020

To our Property Owners:

Our hearts and thoughts go out to the people who have been affected by the coronavirus and we greatly appreciate the healthcare workers, local communities, and governments who are working to contain this disease. We are grateful for your patience and understanding as we determine which measures to take in order to keep our residents, guests, and staff healthy as this situation continues to evolve.

At the time of this writing, the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control (DHEC) is investigating six additional cases of the COVID-19 novel coronavirus, three of which are in Beaufort County. Hilton Head Island is still considered low risk and is welcoming visitors to the destination. Our resort partners are fully operational, the hotels are open, and the resort amenities are entertaining owners and guests.

We continue to take the coronavirus very seriously. The health, safety and well-being of our employees, owners, guests, and community is our highest priority. We are reinforcing with our employees and with you the recommended precautionary steps from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to prevent the spread of germs. These guidelines include:

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Cover a cough or sneeze – preferably with a disposable tissue.
  • Avoid touching your face – especially your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects.
  • Stay home if you have flu-like symptoms.

The Association is taking the necessary actions to be prepared should this issue become a more significant concern in and around the Lowcountry. In addition, we are evaluating business continuity plans to include staffing resources and the status of upcoming meetings, events, and Dunes Buggy operations. We anticipate that Gov. McMaster will announce at 4 p.m. that he is closing all South Carolina schools through the end of March.

There has never been a more important time to focus on facts over fear. We urge everyone to monitor reliable information sources such as the CDC, DHEC, and the World Health Organization (WHO) for the latest updates.

We’re faced with an unexpected challenge and one that is changing rapidly. As a community, we’ve weathered our share of storms and I know that together, we can make a positive difference in how our community handles this challenge. We will continue to provide updates as they become available.


Andrew P. Schumacher
Chief Executive Officer
Palmetto Dunes Property Owners Association, Inc.

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